I’m about to move into my first home and have been overwhelmed with the never-ending pre-move checklist! Based off what I’ve learned so far, here are the top eight things you may want to consider doing before the big move!

Do you have any tips for me? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

Moving to a new place? Here are 8 things you should do to prepare

1. Declutter for a fresh start. Consider doing a thorough review of your existing possessions and see if there are items that you don’t need or want to move to the new home. Moving is a great time to sell or donate unneeded furniture, clothing, or knickknacks that pile up over time. This will lighten the load of your move and give you a fresh start at your new place.

2. Create a checklist and moving calendar. Create a list of all the tasks that need to be completed and by when. This will help you manage your time and distribute the work evenly leading up to your moving day.

3. Book your moving van or moving services. If you plan to rent a moving van or hire professional movers, try to reserve your moving dates as soon as possible. If you are moving on the 1st of the month, remember that’s the busiest day for moving and truck rental companies and you may want to book ahead even earlier (at least 4-6 weeks before your moving date). Before deciding on a company, consider reading reviews or asking for recommendations from friends and family.

4. Change your address. Consider setting up a change of address with the post office before you move. Be sure to notify others of the change including friends and family, subscription services, your bank, any credit card providers, etc. If you have automated payments for any bills, ensure the billing information reflects the correct address.

5. Move your home services and set up utilities at the new location. Remember to call your internet/cable company and other services (like BC Hydro) and inform them of your address change. Depending on the situation, you will also want to call your municipality to set up your utilities at your new home.

6. Pack smart. Start early! Pack the items you don’t use often first and the things you use most very last. Consider using up items in your fridge so you don’t have to pack any perishable foods (like fruit and vegetables). Ensure your possessions are properly protected and secured by using proper packing methods and being extra cautious with valuables. Pack an “open first” box with all the things you know you will need right away (such as cleaning supplies, toothbrushes, soap, towels, a change of clothes, etc.). This will save you rummaging through boxes to find what you need on the first day/night.

7. Be prepared to do some cleaning. Ensure you have cleaning supplies ready so you can clean your new place (to your standards) before you unpack and unload your possessions. You may not need it if the previous owner/tenants did a great job cleaning, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

8. Goodbye to the old, hello to the new! Enjoy your old neighborhood before you leave – maybe spend some time in your favourite places, hit up your local restaurant, or go for a stroll. Then, once you’re all moved into your new place, consider setting aside some time to explore the neighborhood and give yourself a break from unpacking. Enjoy your new location and find some new places to make memories!

Did we miss anything? What are your top tips to prepare for a move?

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